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Former Members of Legendary Classic Rock Bands Starship and Kansas Take the Stage with Dayton Philharmonic for a Night of Magic as Rock Meets Orchestra in Legends of Classic Rock

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DAYTON, OH (April 12, 2016) – On Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 8 p.m. in the Mead Theatre of the Schuster Center, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of Conductor Patrick Reynolds, will present The Legends of Classic Rock, the fifth and final concert in the 2015–2016 Dayton Freight Rockin’ Orchestra Series.  John Elefante, formerly of the band Kansas, and Mickey Thomas, formerly of the band Starship, will join the Dayton Philharmonic on stage for an electrifying night of music.  The Military Appreciation Program Supporting Sponsor for this performance is O’Neil & Associates. The DPAA Innovation Partner for the 2015-2016 Ascend Season is the DP&L Foundation - Powering Innovation in the Performing Arts.

Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra is thrilled to present a night of iconic music performed by the artists who put the "classic" in classic rock. Grammy Award–winning singer-songwriter John Elefante is best known for his former role as lead singer and keyboardist for the band Kansas in the early 1980s, but his body of work includes solo albums (Defying Gravity, Corridors and Windows of Heaven) and three albums as half of the creative team behind Christian rock band Mastodon. Rock and blues singer Mickey Thomas made a name for himself singing with Jefferson Starship. With him as the voice of Starship, the band produced three songs that hit number one on the charts. Starship, featuring Mickey Thomas, most recently released the album Loveless Fascination in 2013. 

Elefante and Thomas take the stage for the first time in the Schuster Center, joined by the very talented "Faithfully" band from Dayton Philharmonic's popular 2014 Rockin’ Orchestra Concert The Music of Journey. “Faithfully” band members include Joey Finger on drums, Keith Hubacher on bass, Michael Johnson on lead guitar, and Joseph Melotti on keyboards, with vocals by Jesse Bradmand and the lovely Christine LaFond.  And behind Elefante, Thomas, and the “Faithfully” band, the full force of the incredible and exceptionally versatile Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will fill the Schuster with the outstanding sound that arises when rock meets symphony for a night of music concertgoers will not soon forget. 

The concert will begin with some of the favorites of classic rock music from the 70s and 80s, with unforgettable hits including “Kashmir” by Led Zeppelin, “Dream On” by Aerosmith, “Hotel California” by The Eagles, “Live and Let Die” by Paul McCartney and Wings, “More Than a Feeling” by Boston, and a nod to the ladies of classic rock with showstoppers such as “Shadows of the Night” by Pat Benatar, “Heartless” and “Barracuda” by Heart, and, of course, “I Love Rock ‘n Roll” by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts.

After intermission, John Elefante and Mickey Thomas play to their individual strengths with the very best hits from Kansas and Starship, including Starship’s “Find Your Way Back,” “Sara,” Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now,” and “We Built This City,” and Kansas’s “Hold On,” “Point of No Return,” “Carry On My Wayward Son,” and the timeless ballad “Dust In The Wind.”  The band “Faithfully” stays true to their roots as well, as they deliver the indelible Journey hit of the same name, “Faithfully.”

This kind of star power on stage delivering these chart-topping hits of the classic rock era promises to be a night of magic with a Rockin’ Orchestra concert that will bring the 2015-2016 Rockin’ Orchestra Series to a Rockin’ close!

Tickets for The Legends of Classic Rock range from $29 to $81 and are available at Ticket Center Stage (937) 228-3630 or online at  Senior, teacher, student, and military discounts are available at the box office. For more information on this concert or on other upcoming performances by Dayton Philharmonic, Dayton Opera and Dayton Ballet, visit


About the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance

The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance was formed in July 2012 as the result of a groundbreaking and innovative merger between the Dayton Ballet, the Dayton Opera, and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Together, they are the largest performing arts organization in the community, offering a tremendous variety of performance and education programs and setting a new standard for artistic excellence.  Dayton Performing Arts Alliance performances are made possible in part by Montgomery County and Culture Works, the single largest source of community funds for the arts and culture in the Miami Valley. The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance also receives partial funding from the Ohio Arts Council, a state agency created to foster and encourage the development of the arts and to preserve Ohio's cultural heritage. Funding from the Ohio Arts Council is an investment of state tax dollars that promotes economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohio residents.  The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance is proud to be one of five performing arts organizations in the country selected to receive a three-year "Music Alive" grant from New Music USA and the League of American Orchestras.
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